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Thursday, September 30th, 2010, 6:45 pm

From Bob Marley to Kate Schrock: A conversation with Glen DaCosta

When you sit down for lunch with Glen DaCosta, it’s hard to have the kind of normal, banal, mealtime banter that’s so typical when you’ve got friends and food in front of you. It’s hard because DaCosta shared about the …

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010, 11:18 am

Five unique finds at Picnic Portland 2010

It’s the tail end of summer and around Portland that typically means a few things: Tourists are starting to depart, somewhere the smooth sounds of Michael McDonald can be heard at Yacht Rock, and Picnic is just around the corner. …

Friday, July 30th, 2010, 6:34 pm

Spose teams with Maine filmmakers on new music videos

Emerging Maine hip-hop artist Spose has several new music videos in the works and is calling on Maine talent to get the job done. The rapper from Wells is working with music documentarians [dog] and [pony] to produce two new …

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010, 10:06 am

Sweet (local) music on the Maine Radio Project

The people behind the fledgling (or soon to be fledgling) Maine Radio Project are sure hoping radio has a future as a medium. Or, at least radio done right. Because in a world where music fans can discover new bands …

Friday, July 16th, 2010, 3:25 pm

Signal Watch: Obamas on vacay, Thievery Corporation on the pier and Steamer the Clam

Summer can be a beautiful, if not odd time in Maine. If it’s not a president coming to town, it’s a president going all Miami Vice with one of his boats on a Maine beach. And then there’s the terrifying …

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010, 3:32 pm

Support for local music at the heart of Factory Portland

Ideally the work of bands begins and ends with music, whether it’s in the studio or sharing the stage at venues like Port City Music Hall. But the truth for many bands in Maine is that the work goes further, …

Thursday, July 8th, 2010, 7:21 pm

Signal Watch: Catholic radio, Man vs. Food and Moxie Fest

Here on The Signal it’s our job to keep track of all things related to arts, culture and the rest of everyday life for the Maine Observer. Not an easy task, which is why from time to time we’ll rely …

Sunday, July 4th, 2010, 6:29 am

A Munjoy independence

If you sniff the air around Portland’s East End these days you’ll smell something other than sewage. (Sorry East Enders, it’s a real thing.) You’ll smell the crisp scent of Freedom. It’s because this time of year Munjoy Hill becomes …